Computer Science – Online

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Master of Science

About the Program

Master your understanding of computing and information science bit by bit in Case School of Engineering’s online Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science. Our 100% online program allows you to learn from the top-ranked university in Ohio—Case Western Reserve—from wherever you’re located.

Through a blend of self-paced coursework and live virtual classes, you’ll quickly develop your knowledge in algorithms and theory, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer networks and systems, and much more.

And, when you graduate, you’ll join an extensive network of engineering alumni who have landed careers with industry leaders such as Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and Verizon. Where will your master’s degree take you?

What to Expect

At Case School of Engineering, we engineer to make a better world. We’ve created a challenging and collaborative academic environment that demands excellence, encourages innovation and supports groundbreaking discovery and invention—on campus and virtually. 

Our program offers a cutting-edge, experiential curriculum that provides you with the fundamental technical knowledge you’ll need to succeed—and also explores new challenges and innovations taking place within the industry. With two program tracks from which to choose, you can pursue a course sequence that supports your computer science skill level. 

These tracks include: 

  • A pathways track if you’re in need of foundational computer science coursework, and
  • An advanced track if you have an existing computer science foundation.

Both tracks offer a comprehensive curriculum that addresses current issues, trends and best practices within the field of computer science—and focus on four key areas: artificial intelligence, databases and data mining, security and privacy, and software engineering.

The current landscape for a career in computer science is robust. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a computer and information research scientist in 2019 was $122,400, and the average job rate is projected to grow by 15% between 2019 and 2029.

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A Place for Success

Outside of real-time, virtual classroom experiences, you’ll complete self-paced classwork—or asynchronous learning modules—each week in preparation for the live classes. The learning modules include video lectures, discussion boards, practice activities, and collaborative assignments so you can practice and apply what you’ve learned—on your own time, as your schedule allows. You can access the learning modules and review them as often as you’d like.

During live, virtual classes, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with your faculty and peers and participate in meaningful discourse in a supportive and engaging learning environment. Live chat and presentation features allow you to ask questions, share insights and get feedback in real time. Online office hours, peer networking, and group work are also available to you in this real-time format.

By the Numbers


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-year legacy of innovation

Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!
The application process requires:

  • Online application ($50 application fee)
  • Statement of impact
  • Current resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS exam (waiver available)

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